A crippled lady songwriter meets an older lawyer, who becomes her first love.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Mari and Jeff Thompson start to doubt their own marriage when every couple they know separate.

Director: Gilbert Cates
Stars: George Segal, Natalie Wood, Richard Benjamin
The Affair (1995)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A young woman named Jennifer is propositioned by an older woman to have sex with her husband for money. Jennifer has trouble with this decision as it is morally wrong to her but she really ... See full summary »

Director: Danny Taylor
Stars: Jenna Bodnar, Robert L. Newman, Will Potter
Peeper (1976)
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Set in the 1940s, the story follows a private eye on a case to find a long lost daughter of an oddball client. Two goons are on a mission to stop him.

Director: Peter Hyams
Stars: Michael Caine, Natalie Wood, Kitty Winn
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (TV Movie 1976)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The story of conflicts, power plays and secrets in a wealthy Mississippi family.

Director: Robert Moore
Stars: Laurence Olivier, Maureen Stapleton, Jack Hedley
Penelope (1966)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Comedy about a flighty, bored, kleptomaniac wife of a banker who robs her husband's bank of $60,000.

Director: Arthur Hiller
Stars: Natalie Wood, Ian Bannen, Dick Shawn
The Affair (1967)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A woman, unhappily married to a cheating executive, starts meeting her dead mother's lover and gets thrown into a romantic dilemma after succumbing to a rough laborer.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida
Stars: Mariko Okada, Yoshie Minami, Tadahiko Sugano
From Here to Eternity (TV Mini-Series 1979)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Soapy look at events of Pearl Harbor just previous to the Japanese attack.

Stars: Natalie Wood, William Devane, Steve Railsback
Cash McCall (1960)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Cash McCall is a young and slick business man who buys failing businesses and resells them. Grant Austen's Plastics is even more of a prize to Cash, for Cash is also making a bid for ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Pevney
Stars: James Garner, Natalie Wood, Nina Foch
The Affair (TV Movie 1995)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A black soldier in World War II England begins an affair with a white woman whose husband is a soldier currently overseas in battle and in doubts of her relationship with him as she ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Seed
Stars: Courtney B. Vance, Kerry Fox, Leland Gantt
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A deranged man kidnaps the nubile daughter of a police captain.

Director: Frank Tuttle
Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Brian Donlevy, Natalie Wood
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A womanizing reporter for a sleazy tabloid magazine impersonates his hen-pecked neighbor in order to get an expose on renowned psychologist Helen Gurley Brown.

Director: Richard Quine
Stars: Lauren Bacall, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The minister of the town has died and his son Chad has no tears for him. Sarah, who now calls herself Salome, is pregnant with Chad's baby, but Chad has no future, no job and no money. ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Anderson
Stars: Robert Wagner, Natalie Wood, Susan Kohner
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Courtney Patterson
...
Marcus Simon
...
Jamie Patterson
...
Jennifer (as Jamie Smith Jackson)
...
Frank (as Pat Harrington)
Kent Smith ...
Mr. Patterson
Paul Ryan ...
Bobbie
Frances Reid ...
Mrs. Patterson
Mark Roberts ...
Howard
Anna Aries ...
Annie Simon
Steve Riskas ...
Peter
Brett Ericson ...
Evan
Robert Stull ...
Michael
Anna Karen ...
Willa
Paul Pepper ...
Engineer
Edit

Storyline

It was love at first sight for Marcus Simon an attorney when he saw Courtney Patterson a 32 year old composer crippled by polio. Marcus tries to slowly and gently remove the emotion barriers Courtney built around herself and give them both a chance at love and happiness. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

20 November 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Love Song  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Natalie Wood was pregnant while making the movie and named her daughter Courtney Brooke Wagner after the character she played. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Big Box: To the Devil a Daughter (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can't See You Anymore
Written by Renée Armand and Jim Gordon
Performed by Natalie Wood
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Help is not forthcoming for Natalie in torpid film
24 April 2001 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

Natalie Wood portrays Courtney Patterson, a polio disabled songwriter who attempts to avoid being victimized as a result of involvement in her first love affair, with her partner being attorney Marcus Simon, played tepidly by Wood's real-life husband, Robert Wagner. The film is cut heavily, but the majority of the remaining scenes shows a very weak hand from the director who permits Wagner to consistently somnambulate, laying waste to a solid and nuanced performance from Wood, who also proffers a fine soprano. The script is somewhat trite but the persistent nature of Wagner's dramatic shortcoming is unfortunately in place throughout, as he is given a free hand to impose his desultory stare at Wood, which must be discouraging to an actress. The progression of their relationship is erratically presented and this, coupled with choppy editing, leads the viewer to be less than assured as to what is transpiring, motivation being almost completely ignored in the writing. Although largely undistinguished, the cinematography shines during one brief scene when Wood is placed in a patio and, following the sound of a closing door, remains at the center while the camera's eye steadily pulls away demonstrating her helplessness and frailty. More controlled direction would have allowed the performers, even the limp Wagner, to scale their acting along the lines of an engaging relationship; as it was released, there is, for the most part, an immense lack of commitment.


16 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Affair (1973) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?